ERIC Number: ED429396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
IDEA's Definition of Disabilities. ERIC Digest E560.
Knoblauch, Bernadette; Sorenson, Barbara
This digest analyzes the definitions of disability in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It notes that, in order to be eligible for special education services under the act, the child must meet two criteria: (1) he/she must have one or more of the specific disabilities listed in the act, and (2)he/she must require special education and related services. Definitions of the following specific disabilities listed in the act are included: autism, deafness, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, serious emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment, including blindness. Requirements under IDEA for multidisciplinary evaluation and the inclusion of students with disabilities in regular classrooms whenever possible are also briefly noted. (DB)
Descriptors: Definitions, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Special Education
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1589; Tel: 800-328-0272 (Toll Free); e-mail:email@example.com; Web site: http://www.cec.sped.org/ericec.htm
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act